12 Marker Y DNA Test for $39

Normally, I don’t blog about sales.  There are lots of places to get that info, but this one is just too good to miss and it’s only for a short time.  It’s also big news because we’ve never seen a price anyplace close to this low.

One of the things Americans and others whose ancestors migrated from European destinations have wished for is an increase in European DNA testing.  It has been slow to come for many reasons, but today, Family Tree DNA announced a $39 Y-line DNA test.  This, in conjunction with their presence at the Who Do You Think You Are genealogy conference in London this week will, hopefully, give DNA testing in Europe, and the British Isles specifically, a shot in the arm or a push over the cliff or whatever kind of encouragement it is that they need.  In any event, the reason for not testing WON’T be cost, at least not through the end of the month.  This special price is a $60, and a 60% reduction from their normal $99 price.  But take heed, the special price doesn’t last forever (although I wouldn’t be surprised to see a permanent price reduction of some type)….these $39 kits must be bought and paid for by February 28th, 2013.  That means no invoice orders.  Get the trusty credit card out!

So now is a good time to be thinking of that family reunion and all the folks you’ve said all along you would test if you could afford it.  Well, Merry Christmas way early because DNA testing just got a lot more affordable.

You can order the test, of course, at the website at www.familytreedna.com.  Here’s the link to the whole story.


22 thoughts on “12 Marker Y DNA Test for $39

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  2. Thanks, so did I do the wrong thing by testing with Natgeo/Genagraphic project and since I am female and I don’t have any male members of my family to test for Y-DNA, then it would not help?

    • No, you didn’t do the wrong thing. This is a different kind of test. Nat Geo does not test for this. Plus, if you don’t have any male members to test, you can’t take this test yourself and you can take the Nat Geo test, so you’re just fine!!!

  3. This looks like a good way to go after some of the family members whose participation is critical but who are unwilling to cooperate.

    I am thinking about ordering a few of these and then approaching them with the kit in hand when I plan to be where they live. (The only rush is ordering, not the actual testing.) And they can always be upgraded later, I think.

    What surprises me is that I am hearing about this here (and from Dick Eastman) and not from the company itself, as I am a project administrator with seven other family members involved.

  4. A 12 marker DNA test isn’t even worth $39. Send me your $39 and I’ll tell you your family history. Your ancestors came from Africa 25-50K years ago and you’re DNA matches just about everyone. Sounds like FTDNA is just selling out to grab any money they can on a poor service.

    • That’s not really true. Twelve markers can do a couple of really important things for you, and I often purchase these when I’m paying for kits for others for these exact reasons. First, it can tell you your haplogroup which for some people who are searching for Native American ancestry, for example, is critically important. A haplogroup has also include you out of family groups, which brings me to the second thing it can do for you. At 12 markers, if you are trying to see if you match a specific male group, you will know if you are in or out, specifically, out. If you are haplogroup R1b1a2, you might match at 12 and the match might still fall apart later, but in many cases, 12 markers is enough to know which groups you’re not a part of. Sometimes, that’s enough to accomplish the goal. I hope that this $39 test will enocourage people who have been reticent before to test.

      • I have to agree with Ty for the most part. If anyone gets only a 12-marker test thinking they’ll find their families, I’m afraid they’ll be disappointed. I, for instance, have nearly 700 12-marker matches, none of them related. Yes, it may tell you a haplogroup, but many thousands of people have the same haplogroup. I’m a fan of FTDNA too, but this isn’t the deal it seems to be.

  5. I have a question, I’m new to this blog and have not used Family Tree DNA before. I’m going to get one of these tests for my 96 year old Great Uncle immediately. He has had difficulty with the saliva test at Ancestry.com. I’m not sure how to go about this. I administer DNA accounts on Ancestry.com, but if these Y-DNA kits are sent to my male relatives in another state at their address, are they the ones that need to link the test to the results? Are the results posted through an online account, or is it through the mail? Does anyone have advice on how I should proceed? Thanks so much.

    • The test at Family Tree DNA is a swab test, not a spit test, so wiping the swab inside his mouth should be much easier for your great-uncle. The relative in another state must sign the release for testing, but since you are ordering the test, you can use your e-mail address as the contact. You will then also receive any e-mails from matches as well. Family Tree DNA allows a primary and alternate e-mail as well.

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  7. Hi Roberta…per family legend and features (black hair and olive skin) I am supposed to have Native American ancestry. However, neither FTDNA nor 23andme report Asian or American ancestry. FTNDA shows 93% European and 7% Middle Eastern. Since all of my families have been in what’s now the US since the 1600s and 1700s, I was inclined to believe the Middle Eastern an admixture of Euro/African/American as you have theorized. I recently received my results from 23andme and they report 100% European; mostly Northern and about 1% Southern European and 10% general European. I now wonder if the Middle Eastern and Southern European are the same and indicate possible Roman or Spanish ancestry from Europe. I’d like very much to know what you think. I don’t want to purchase another test right now. Thanks for all of your wonderful writings. They have helped so much

    • These small amounts of Middle Eastern are certainly interesting. If you’re following the series, “The Autosomal Me” that I’ve been writing, in the next couple articles, we’ll be looking at using other tools to help sort this out. Stay tuned.

  8. Howdy,
    Another reader posted that this is a good opportunity to get a base test and then upgrade it later. I didn’t see any upgrade pricing on the FTDNA site. Are you actually able to upgrade tests, and if so, does it save any $$$ in the long run?

  9. I just purchased a 12 marker test to try and determine what surname I actually belong to as my 2nd great grandmother gave birth to an illegitimate child and no one in the family knows who we really are. Will a 12 marker test help me at all in finding my true surname or at least narrow it down?

    • Yes, it will help. It depends on the results. You could have thousands of matches, in which case it won’t help much, no matches, in which case it will give you info to enter into other data bases, or it may narrow the choices substantially. Just hold tight. You’re on an adventure:)

      • Thanks Roberta I kind of just wanted to test the waters of DNA and see if I get anything back at all of people that may have been close to my ancestor in GA. I will very likely update it to 37 or 67 marker test as soon as I get results as I am pretty avid about my ancestry.

  10. With all the various tests being promoted how does a layperson make a decision?
    Especially when on a limited budget.
    Also will this vary for female & male?

    • A lot has to do with your goals. If you want the paternal, Yline, then there is only one test – and that is at Family Tree DNA and it’s $49. It tells you only about the paternal line. Women can’t take it because they don’t have a Y chromosome. For the maternal direct line, the mitochondrial DNA test provides information and it also available from FTDNA. For autosomal, you can test at 23andMe and then transfer results to Family Tree DNA for less than the test at FTDNA. Most men start with the Yline and build from there. And you can’t beat the $49 price.

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